Dick Anderson, long time Chesterton barber, passed away Monday March 30,
2009 after a brief illness. He was 88.
He was born on March 12, 1921 along with his twin brother to Elizabeth (Schweir)
and William Anderson at their home in Liberty Township.
In 1958 he married Joann Kiessel in Lake Leelanau Michigan. They spent 34
years together before her death in 1992.
He is survived by four loving children, sons Kevin (Nancy) of Chesterton,
Keith of Valparaiso, daughters Jeanne (Bill) Bruner of Muncie and Kristine
(Joseph) Trustey of Wenham, Mass.
Dick is also survived by his brother Howard of Vero Beach, Fla.; 10
grandchildren, Phil, Emily, and Mike Anderson of Chesterton, Whitney, Lauren
and Mallory Bruner of Muncie, Ind., and Andrew, Caroline, Anna and Claire
Trustey of Wenham, Mass.
He was also preceded in death by his twin brother Robert Anderson, brother
Charles Anderson, and sisters Mary Heydorn, Florence Dillon and Elizabeth
Dick graduated from Liberty High School in 1939. In 1944 he entered the
Merchant Marines and was assigned to a Victory ship working to resupply
Europe after World War II. Upon returning to Chesterton in 1947 he trained
and then opened Anderson’s Barber shop at Broadway and Calumet.
Richard owned Anderson’s Barber shop for 47 years when he retired and spent
his days playing pinochle with his many friends. He was a member of the
Liberty Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Liberty Township
Advisory Board. He was also a member of the Chesterton Moose Lodge.
For the last five years he lived at Clare Bridge Cottage Assisted Living in
Valparaiso. His thoughts were always of Chesterton, often asking his family,
“What’s new in town?”
A Mass of Christian Burial, Father James Meade officiating, will be offered
at 10 a.m. Thursday April 2, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet
Road, Chesterton. Interment will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, Chesterton.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at
Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton with a prayer service
at 7:30 pm.
Memorials can be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or to VNA Hospice of
Porter County, 501 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383.